Walking back down the south side of Mount William
Image: Stephen | Auckland Hiking Group ©


Enjoy the views from the summit of Mount William, just south of the Bombay Hills.

Track overview

Walking and tramping

Advanced: Tramping track

Seasonal restrictions

Track may be closed for lambing from 1 August to 1 October - check with the DOC office.

Dog access

No dogs

  • Kauri dieback
    Help stop kauri dieback

    Kauri dieback disease is killing our native kauri. It spreads by soil movement, but you can help prevent it.

    • Stay away from kauri tree roots.
    • Clean your gear before and after visiting kauri forest.

About this track


View from MountWilliam trig, Auckland. Photo: Matt Ward.
View from Mount William trig

McMillan Rd car park to Mount William summit

Time: 1 hr 30 min one way
Distance: 2.5 km one way

From the McMillan Rd end, the track follows a farm fence line with markers to the Mount William Scenic Reserve. The reserve hosts a wide variety of native trees and shrubs, including kauri, hard beech and king ferns. From the Mount William summit (373 m) there are expansive views to the West Coast and Firth of Thames.

Note that a fence has been erected restricting access to the trig. Visitors are welcome to cross the fence at a corner post. A stile will be added in the near future to improve access to the trig.  

Summit Mount William.
The trig

Mount William summit on to Puketutu trig and Puketutu Rd

Time: 1 hr 30 min one way
Distance: 2 km one way

The track continues along a saddle of rolling farm land to Puketutu trig (376 m) and Puketutu Rd.

McMillian Rd car park to kauri grove

This short track has been closed permanently.

Getting there

View of Mt William summit.
View of Mt William summit from
the track
The Mt William Walkway is near Mangatawhiri, approximately 50 km south of Auckland City, on the Waikato side of the Bombay Hills.

The car park is on McMillan Rd, off Irish Rd, which is off SH2. Alternatively start from the other end of the track on Puketutu Rd, off Razorback Rd, which can be accessed from Beaver Rd, off SH1.

Know before you go

Keep to the track when crossing private farmland and take care around stock. Leave farm gates as you find them (open or closed).

Dogs are not permitted on the tracks because of the threat they pose to stock and wildlife. Exceptions include certified assistance dogs. 


Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 9 3796476
Email:   aucklandvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   Shed 19
137 Princes Wharf
Auckland 1010
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